Tweetbot my favorite twitter app for iOS has finally made it’s way to the mac… Sort of. Tweetbot for mac is in public Alpha meaning there will be a lot of crashes. The Alpha supports OS X 10.7-10.8 but the final will only work on 10.8. No Mountain Lion features are available yet because of code signing needed for it. There are a lot of bugs but I find it better than the Twitter App for mac.
Well here is something that might be unexpected to some but not me. Mac Rumors has found some hidden iChat code showing that iMessage a service that allows iPods, iPhones, and iPads to communicate over the web to the messages app will be coming to the Mac as well in the form of iChat.
The code you see above is the framework in iChat. The code shows the “time delivered” and “time read” which is in the current iMessage. Honestly I think this would be a great idea as you can have all your messages well now everywhere granted it isn’t an SMS and is an iMessage and well everyone I know uses an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or a Mac or all of those so this would be a great idea and I can’t wait to see it become a reality. It may even come with iOS 5 public release which is rumored to be October 10th. iMessage is still in developer preview and has not been released to the public but it does work very well for me.
Apple has made Xcode 4.1 free in the Mac App Store and on the Official Developer site. Xcode has been free with Mac OS X for many years now and Apple mysteriously made it $5.00 for all the non-develpers and now it is back to being free which doesn’t affect developers at all but for everyone else this is a great way to make your Lion apps! Go get Xcode from the Mac App Store or the Developer Connection.
Well the day has finally come. The the day where your internet connection is going to go insane. The day Lion is available to download from the Mac App Store. Yes Apple has released the new OS today like they said they would at a giant 3.5GB download size. It is going to take me a few hours or days to download Lion but when it is done soon after I promise a video review of the features and what you can do with the newest OS. To download Lion just launch the Mac App Store and click the Lion banner and then buy, download, and install.
If you are planning to migrate from a Mac using Snow Leopard to a Mac using Lion you will need to get this update. Here are the release notes.
This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Snow Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications running Mac OS X show Leopard to a new mac running Mac OS X Lion.
This doesn’t matter if you are just going to be installing Lion on a new Mac though. It is only important if you are going to be transfering information from a Snow Leopard computer to a Lion computer. Seems we are getting ready for launch.
9to5 mac has a picture(above) with the label “visual merchandising” which is basically advertising in store. So this is probably to drives having the lion demos on theme reported in an earlier post stating that Apple retail stores and AppleCare support centers were getting hard drives to install Lion. With other shipments coming in to maybe some stuff for the new macs rumored to come out alongside Lion. Maybe other packages have the macs themselves. We will find out soon what are in these mysterious boxes hopefully on Wednesday and remember we will have a full review of lion right when we can!
It seems that Lion is being installed at Apple Stores. Or will be soon. Lion of course being rumored to come out wednesday at 8:30 AM EST. This statement from MacRumors states Apple stores and AppleCare Centers are starting to install the demos on the stores computers.
“We’ve now been able to confirm that Apple Retail stores have begun receiving final copies of OS X Lion today. The installations have come on hard drive and are meant for the Apple Retail demo computers on the store floor.”
So it seems that Lion is defiantly coming. 9to5macstates that AppleCare support centers are getting Lion to install and are having trading sessions for the new operating systems.
“We’ve received word that all AppleCare reps are now receiving Lion training as well as getting their computers upgraded to Lion. The process began over the weekend and looks to be completing today.
We’ve heard numerous reports that new Store display materials have been arriving over the past week as well.”
Also new MacBooks,MacBook Airs, Mac Pros, Mac Minis, and Cinema Displays are expected to come along side Lion which is rumored for Wednesday.